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9/16: Open game thread

Joe Saunders vs. Rick Porcello

Otto Greule Jr

This afternoon's game features two of the least exciting pitchers in Major League Baseball! Not excited?

Rick Porcello is one of the most interesting pitchers in the majors - each year he continues to improve on his peripherals, but his results are consistently pretty terrible. This year represents the biggest discrepancy, as Porcello has 3.38 xFIP and 3.57 SIERA represent career bests, but Porcello is hanging tough at 4.56. He's never been good at stranding runners, constantly runs a higher than average BABIP, and even though he's missing the most bats of his career, the ERA remains uninspiring. If you're ever looking for a reason to discount advanced saber stats on pitchers, Porcello is probably your best case example. There's exceptions to every rule, and Porcello continues to disappoint.

Oh look, it's a Matt Tuiasosopo!


1. Dustin Ackley (L) CF
2. Abraham Almonte (S) RF
3. Kyle Seager (L) 3B
4. Kendrys Morales (S) DH
5. Raul Ibanez (L) LF
6. Justin Smoak (S) 1B
7. Mike Zunino (R) C
8. Nick Franklin (S) 2B
9. Carlos Triunfel (R) SS

1. Austin Jackson (R) CF
2. Torii Hunter (R) RF
3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 3B
4. Prince Fielder (L) 1B
5. Victor Martinez (S) DH
6. Omar Infante (R) 2B
7. Matt Tuiasosopo (R) LF
8. Alex Avila (L) C
9. Jose Iglesias (R) SS